First official reissue of the Austrian prog-psych masterpiece, a LP so rare in its original form it sells for nearly $10,000 when a copy surfaces. An indescribable trip influenced by Pink Floyd, Soft Machine and Procol Harum, but greater than the sum of its parts. All vocals in English. 6 stars – Hans Pokora.
Paternoster, that UFO of a rock album released unceremoniously on a custom-pressed CBS Austria long player in 1972, is the stuff
of legend. It’s been known to the rock collecting elite since the 1980s, when it was first rediscovered, and it quickly became one of
those rock records, the records you hear about only if you know someone who knows someone with a copy, much like Damon’s Song
of a Gypsy.
Paternoster is a terrifying album, a collection of songs that traverses the sublime, and thus necessitates a bowel-loosening acceptance
of beauty too complicated to merely admire, bowing under the weight of a tremendous atmosphere, accentuated by Gothic organs and
scorching fuzz guitar, punctuated by wailing vocals detailing visceral, Bosch-like images, and carried by enveloping bass and
syncopated, mixed-well-too-loud-and-thankfully-so drums.
This is the first reissue of the album done with the band’s involvement, and was assembled with oversight by bandleader Franz Wippel
and Thomas Wisser, the son of Franz’ musical partner and Paternoster bassist Haimo Wisser.
- Custom made, thick-cardboard, tip-on Now-Again Reserve Edition gatefold jacket. Hand numbered edition of 1000.
• 160 gram vinyl from Quality Record Production.
• OBI strip and resealable “Japanese-style” plastic sleeve.
• Download card for WAV files of the album.
• Contains booklet with the story of this mysterious band, told for the first time, and many unpublished photos. English and German text.